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February 14, 2013
For most high school stars, an invitation to the McDonald's All-American Game remains the ultimate goal and validation of an outstanding high school career.
Thursday, the rosters were unveiled for the 2013 game to be played in Chicago's United Center on April 3. Here's a brief look at the rosters and some of the matchups we'll be looking forward to.
Anthony Barber, 6-2 PG, Hampton (Va.) High, N.C. State
Jabari Bird, 6-5 SG, Richmond (Calif.) Salesian, California
Each year, the TV-viewing public only gets to see Wednesday night's games. However, during the week each team holds three team practices and there is a highly competitive closed scrimmage between the East and West the day before the game.
Often, these practices and scrimmages are more competitive and provide much more insight than the game itself. Here are a few of the potential matchups that we are most looking forward to seeing.
We'll go ahead and start with the nation's top player vs. No. 3. Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker haven't met on the court, but we should finally get that during the McDonald's game. Parker is big and skilled, while Wiggins is on another level athletically and has come out on top in nearly every head-to-head battle against another touted player.
Another intriguing matchup is Chris Walker vs. Marcus Lee. In what should be a preview of future SEC battles between the Florida-bound Walker and the Kentucky-bound Lee, it will have two lengthy and dynamic athletes who can really run the floor. Walker and Lee play above the rim and run the floor like guards and the head to head between them should be plenty of fun, should it occur.
The third potential matchup between five-star combo forwards Aaron Gordon of the West and Noah Vonleh of the East. Both are similarly sized, have lengthy frames and can play a bit inside and out while collecting a high volume of rebounds. Gordon is more of an explosive athlete while Vonleh probably has a slightly higher overall skill level. Neither shies away from contact and both play tough on each end of the floor.
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